Boston Celtics Flashback: Ray Allen Trade

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Ray Allen
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The Boston Celtics acquisition of Ray Allen prior to the 2007 NBA season was a definite franchise-changer by GM Danny Ainge.

The main piece of the trade involved the Celtics dealing the no. 5 overall pick in the draft to the then Seattle Supersonics for Allen, a no doubt future Hall-of-Famer. Before this trade, the Celtics were hopeful that they would have a top-two pick in the draft, with the idea being to select either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant.

The lottery changed all that when the team was slotted to pick fifth. It left fans with a bad taste in their mouths because the Celtics had the second-best chance to end up with the first pick.

Ultimately, the second pick would not have been the way to go because Oden hasn’t had much of a career due to injuries, and while Durant already seems to be a lock for the hall, that’s something that won’t happen for quite some time.

As a result of ending up with the fifth selection, Ainge decided that the best move was to trade the pick for a veteran player. Allen was a terrific choice as he was a pure scorer in every sense of the word and would help the team on the perimeter with his outstanding shooting ability. This trade also helped bring Kevin Garnett to Boston as he had no interest playing for the green prior to Allen’s arrival.

The Allen deal was a game-changer for the Celtics and led to their historic run these past handful of seasons.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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